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Poster: snori Date: Dec 20, 2010 2:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Egyptian Book of the Dead (non-Dead)

On Friday I took the opportunity to go to this exhibition at the British Museum. http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/future_exhibitions/book_of_the_dead.aspx Awesome is a seriously overused word, but in this case ...

I would urge any UK Forumites to take a look while it's on, some of it is so ancient you find youself not breathing for fear of harming it even though it's behind glass. The hieroglyphs are amazing and the explanations acsolutely fascinating.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 20, 2010 2:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Egyptian Book of the Dead (non-Dead)

Too bad, it closes 3 weeks before i will be in London and i am staying at hotel around the corner from the British Museum too. :-(

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Dec 21, 2010 6:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Egyptian Book of the Dead (non-Dead)

Seems like we will be in London about the same time. I will be "escorting" a group of high school seniors during Spring Break and it would have been an awesome exhibit to see!

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Dec 21, 2010 6:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Egyptian Book of the Dead (non-Dead)

For the last few years i have been going in the Spring for a meeting of an editorial board for a scientific journal that i am on that is based in London. Pretty nice deal, they fly me in for 3 nights but the meeting is only one day so i get some time to be a tourist. Last year I extended the trip and took the wife and kids, including one high school aged boy. I think if you polled them, they would probably say that these were their favorite things:

1. Westminster Abbey. The headphones tour is really quite good. Even my 7 year old loved walking in there.

2. The National Gallery. Actually i was surprised how interested they were in this. Gotta love the the cost too!!

3. Outrageously expensive gelato at Harrod's. I had to keep telling my wife not to do the monetary conversion and just enjoy the moment. I never heard say this before "eat every drop of that ice cream!"" They were probably the best ice cream sundae's that you can purchase for $25...each.

4. London Eye. Very touristy, however if you go up there at dusk you can get some pretty amazing pictures.

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Dec 21, 2010 7:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Egyptian Book of the Dead (non-Dead)

Been going for a few years now and gotta agree with your recommendations, but have never had the gelatto before! Gonna have to swallow hard and try it this year.

Always make a side trip to Windsor Castle, amazing history.

The Eye does indeed please...great photo!

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Poster: snori Date: Dec 20, 2010 5:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Egyptian Book of the Dead (non-Dead)

That's a shame Elbow, it certainly leaves a lasting impression. The airports should be back to normal by then too. I'm looking out at about 8 inches of snow, and one of only 4 who got to work today as I live within walking distance.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Dec 21, 2010 6:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Egyptian Book of the Dead (non-Dead)

I envy you! I am a big Egypt freak from childhood .